Authentic Experiences

Using Greenacres’ working farm, our agriculture educators provide authentic farm experiences for your students. From observing grass-fed cattle to harvesting from expansive vegetable gardens, students have the opportunity to tie aspects of agriculture to classroom learning. We will design lessons to support a wide variety of subjects and utilize the gardens, greenhouse, and livestock at Greenacres to help students form a connection with what they are learning in the classroom. Our sustainable approach to agriculture means that students gain an appreciation for responsible farming practices and how each of us are connected to this diverse ecosystem.

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Featured Programming

Spring 2020

Seasonal Farm Exploration

Experience the diverse nature of a working, sustainable farm through hands-on learning! Students will have the opportunity to participate in our ever changing farm life. Observe our livestock, harvest from our gardens, or even help care for the plants in our greenhouse. Every student will leave Greenacres with a one of a kind, authentic farm experience.

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Spring 2020

Farm Ecosystems

Farms are a great place to gain an understanding of how living and non-living things work together to create unique ecosystems. We will explore barns, greenhouse, gardens, pastures, and more to discover how microbes, plants, and animals exist in their physical environment and learn how they depend on each other for survival.

Spring 2020

Caring for Animals on the Farm

Take a tour of our farm where students may observe and learn about the livestock at Greenacres. Depending on the season, students may encounter our cattle, sheep, chickens, turkeys or hogs. We will learn about the needs of all living things and how our team best provides these needs for each type of animal.

Field Trip Sites

Greenhouse

Renovated 1920s Greenhouse. Over 8,000 sq ft. and climate controlled allowing year-round lessons. Filled year round with vegetable production and landscaping plants. Limited bathroom facilities and WiFi is available.

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Gardens

Acres of intensively managed vegetable gardens. Paths and walking spaces make gardens accessible for visiting students.

Gardens
Temple Grandin

Designed by the renowned Dr. Temple Grandin. Highest quality humane handling facility for cattle. Video capabilities for instruction/teaching. Climate controlled (heat only).

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The turkeys have arrived! 🦃 These Broad Breasted Bronze poults will stay indoors under the heat lamp for four weeks, then move outside onto pasture. Reservations for our Thanksgiving turkeys start in September. ...

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Our researchers always come across something interesting while working. This Tapioca slime mold was found near a research transect after a recent heavy rain and creates some cool variation in color from the greens and browns typically found in the woods. . ...

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The fireworks aren’t just in the sky this week! Pick up a bouquet to brighten your holiday. In observance of Independence Day, our farmstore will be closed Friday July 3 and Saturday July 4. ...

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We are thankful that Jules found success in his rain dance last Friday! He swears that if you want to trigger a rainstorm, just start watering by hand. 😂 ...

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Looking forward to our Fall weddings while looking back at all of the gorgeous weddings we've hosted. This one still takes our breath away! #tentedwedding #eventdesign Photographer: @benelsassphoto Planner: @i_doweddingsandevents Florist: @clflorals Rentals: @alloccasionseventrental Draping: @fitztheoccasion ⠀ TeePee Lounges: @the_campfire_experience ...

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It’s pollinator week! Celebrate with pentas, grown in our greenhouse without the use of harmful neonicotinoids. Safe for all your pollinator friends! On sale this week at the farm store. #pollinatorgarden ...

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Our eggs and lettuce mixes are on sale! Add some broccolini and garlic scapes, and you’re well on your way to this delicious frittata for an elegant Fathers’ Day brunch. Recipe available in store, or on our website. ...

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